- Ms Scarlet
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2011
So this is kind of a vent. I was looking for a photog to do my e-pics. I found this photog (I’ll call her Miss S) from wedding blogs and I really liked her work. Also her price was in my budget and she has a pretty fair package. So I exchanged e-mails with her, and she was very fast and detailed at getting back to me.
However I finally went to meet her in at her studio to chat in person and look and more of her work. They were really nice, but somehow the conversation had many awkward moments.
She asked where the wedding was. I told her where it was (it’s a 24 hour flight from New York). She jumped in saying she does destination weddings and started asking about the details. I thanked her but said I probably couldnt afford it. She gave me a price that was pretty good actually but much more than hiring someone local to the city that I was getting married in. Plus it’s my parent’s hometown and we already planned to use the same photog that did my brother’s wedding. Instead of dropping it she kept going, asking how much would that photog charge. The answer was like 20% of her price with a really huge package. She snapped back at me”Yeah but don’t you want something nicer and more artistic? I can do the ceremony, reception and the day after too”. Trying to end this awkward conversation I just said “Oh we’re having a small simple wedding, it’s going to be afternoon tea style and end early evening”. She snapped back again “It’s once in your life, don’t you want something more?”. I just calmy replied “I’ll definitely consider your offer and get back to you.”
Back to discussing packages, I told her I only wanted the digital files which is her basic package. She started pushing for me to order an album. After having to come up with reasons why I don’t want to order one (in addition for not wanting to spend so much money on that..album for e-pics? really?) she kept coming up with reasons why I should get one.
“The artwork is unique, you can’t get this anywhere else!”
“If you buy one now it’s 50% off”
“You need one for your coffee table”
The moment that was less awkward was when we were actually talking about preferences and styles of photos I liked and expected. But then a problem occured to her.
Miss S: “Oh but you know you’re still wearing braces doesn’t that bother you?”
Me: “Uhhh no, but is that bad?”
Miss S: “You really should get them off. Maybe we can wait until they come off or ask your ortho to remove them for the session and put them back on later.”
Me..thinking…are you serious? these are old fashion metal braces…I don’t think it’s that easy and even so it’s going to cost me $$
Miss S: “But it’s ok it’s just that you won’t be able to smile much. Maybe most of the pics your mouth will be shut.”
Me: “No I’m very happy with my braces, they are a part of who I am and I actually want them in the pics.”
Miss S looks at me as if I’m nuts and stops talking.
So the meeting looked like it should end before something else comes up. She all the sudden asks if I brought the money.
Miss S: “For signing the contract, you need to pay in cash.”
Me: “Oh I thought I would think about it first and get back to you to book a date.”
Miss S looked a bit unsatisfied but didn’t say anything.
I walked out with mixed feelings, I still loved her pics and style but I felt rushed and pushed. Maybe she’s an artist, has very strong opinions, just speaks her mind and I’m reading too much into it? I’m still thinking if I should go ahead and book my e-session with her….Since the e-session is short maybe it won’t matter if I dont’ like her as a person? Just hold my breathe for the sake of great photos?